Bio: Steve Jacobs
President, IDEAL Group, Inc. and,
CEO, Apps4Android, Inc.
Phone: (614) 777-0660
Fax: (614) 522-1031
TTY: (800) 750-0750
Last updated on March 10, 2013
Steve Jacobs has been in the computer industry since the mid '70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group, Inc. http://ideal-group.org and CEO of Apps4Android, Inc. http://apps4android.org, one of six IDEAL Group companies. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation http://ncr.com where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of 2002.
IDEAL Group serves as the parent of six, information and communications technology accessibility-focused, companies. They are as follows:
Online Conferencing Systems
Established in January, 2003,
InftyReader Group, Inc.
Established in March, 2007,
Established in June, 2008,
Onymous Heroes, Inc.
Acquired in July, 2010,
Easy Access, Inc.
Established in October, 2011, Easy Access is a joint venture company of Apps4Android and Accessible Systems of India. Easy Access provides accessible document conversion utilities, reading applications, and services that address the access needs of individuals with print disabilities.
Established in January, 2009,
Previous to NCR’s spin-off from AT&T, Steve served as Chairman of AT&T Bell Lab’s Project Freedom. In 1992-1993 Steve’s group pioneered the use of interactive video technology for sign-language communications over telephone lines (dual ISDNs). This technology, now in the mainstream, is referred to as Video Relay Services (VRS). More: http://ideal-group.org/ivr/
Appointments, Congressional Testimonies, Recognition:
Recognized, by the White House, as a Champion of Change for leading
education and employment efforts in science, technology, engineering and math
for Americans with disabilities. 
Commission’s Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory Committee
Expert Witness: House Committee
on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil
Liberties hearing on Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities
Act in the Digital Age – Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities 
http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/hear_100422_1.html and http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/Jacobs100422.pdf
Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee [2005-2007]
Ohio Governor's Council on
People with Disabilities [2002-2005]
Commission's Consumer/Disability Telecommunications Advisory Committee which has
since been renamed the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee [2000-2002]
Access Board's Electronic and
Information Technology Access Advisory Committee [1998-1999]
Telecommunications Access Advisory Committee [1997-1998]
Expert Witness: House Committee
on Science Subcommittee on Technology hearing on Meeting the Needs of People
with Disabilities through Federal Technology Transfer 
Mobile-Friendly Content for Students with Print Disabilities in Grades 4-9, with
an Emphasis on Mathematics 
Enhancing the Accessibility of
Technology-Based Work Environments with the Support of Employee Resource Groups
The Corporate Social Innovation
Model: Enabling Positive Societal Change through the Distribution and Use of
Accessible ICT Products and Services 
The Global Business Benefits of
Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Design 
Co-author: Department of
Commerce's STAT-USA/Internet Companion to International Business: Highlighting
Accessibly-Designed Information and Communications Technology 
Co-author: "Over the Horizon:
Potential Impact of Emerging Trends in Information and Communication Technology
on Disability Policy and Practice 
Co-author: National Council on
Disability report entitled, "Design for Inclusion: Creating a New Marketplace"
Author: "Design for Inclusion:
Industry White Paper" 
Co-author: National Task Force on Technology and Disability report entitled, "Within Our Reach" 
Co-author: the U.S. Access
Board's Electronic and Information Technology Access Advisory Committee Report
that was used to develop the Access Board’s Electronic and Information
Technology Accessibility Standards 
Telecommunications Access Advisory Committee Final Report that was used, by the
Access Board, to develop their Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines
Sampling of Historical IDEAL Group Projects:
Bush 54th Inauguration
Integrated technology into George W. Bush's Inauguration Program and Guidebook. The project repurposed technology being used by the Israeli military to come up with a method that enables a person who is blind to scan 77 pages of text... with only one pass of a scanner, with 100% accuracy.
54th Program Book
(See Page 32):
54th Guide Book (See
Edgar Online: Bush Presidential
Inauguration Publications Use High-Tech Code:
IDEAL at NCR and Intacta
Technologies, Inc. Demonstrate New Accessibility Technology:
· Fifty-Fourth eNaugural.com Ball Webcast:
Hosted fully-accessible 54th
eNaugural.com Ball Webcast:
AT&T Bell Labs Project
From 1991-1994 Steve served as Chairman of AT&T Project Freedom. In 1993 Steve’s group pioneered the use of interactive video technology for sign-language communications over telephone lines (dual ISDNs). This technology is now referred to as Video Relay Services (VRS).
Video: First ASL Communication
Over Telephones. This video also contains historical footage of Alexander Graham
Although a competitor, Sprint
used Project Freedom's Vistium Video System for their first VRS pilot test in
Texas. Here is a 1995 flyer announcing the pilot test:
GA-SK Newsletter article about
Sprint's pilot test:
Photo of Reid Huntt (Chairman of
the FCC at that time) and Steve Jacobs, Chairman, AT&T Project Freedom
demonstrating their video system to FCC Commissioners.
Designed, developed and implemented accessible prototype kiosks for the Smithsonian Institution's American History Museum
Link to showcase:
· President Clinton's Digital Divide Tour:
Vice President Gore's Digital
Published a Digital Talking Book in support of a reception held at the residence of Vice President Gore.
Business Week Article:
Internet Resource Center:
53rd Presidential Inauguration
Clinton's 53rd Presidential Inauguration:
Integrated technology into the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Program Book.
Inauguration Program Book:
Steve is a 1973 graduate of Ohio State University. Steve and wife, Pauline, have been married for 38 years. Pauline and Steve have two daughters, Shana and Jessica, and a granddaughter Brooke... who is Steve’s boss.